First Tier Tribunal appeals process - Paper hearing

If you appeal against a benefit or tax credit decision a First Tier Tribunal will deal with your appeal. This guide goes through the process of what happens after your appeal is received.

Paper hearing

A paper hearing means that the tribunal judge and other tribunal members will only consider the written evidence in private and you and your representative (if you have one) do not attend a hearing.

You will not be told when the private hearing is taking place.

You will be sent the decision in writing after the paper hearing.

If you want more details about the reasons for the tribunal’s decision, you can ask for this by writing to the Tribunals or Appeals Service within one month.


You may have a better chance of winning your appeal if you choose an oral hearing and you attend the hearing


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